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Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art

55 North Terrace Adelaide 5000

After Utopia: Revisiting the Ideal in Asian Contemporary Art

Curated by Tan Siuli, Curatorial Co-Head, Singapore Art Museum

Friday 22 September – Friday 1 December 2017

The search for Utopia is a ceaseless human endeavour. After Utopia explores how our ideals mirror our innermost yearnings and that gnawing sense that this world and its realities are not enough. Through an exciting partnership with Singapore Art Museum and the OzAsia Festival, Samstag highlights the diverse artistic practices of South East Asia in an exhibition that draws largely from Singapore Art Museum’s permanent collections.

After Utopia features moving image, installation, painting and sculpture by artists Chris Chong Chan Fui (Malaysia), Donna Ong (Singapore), Geraldine Javier (Philippines), Ian Woo (Singapore), Kamin Lertchaiprasert (Thailand), Kawayan de Guia (Philippines), Maryanto (Indonesia), Miti Ruangkritya (Thailand), Shannon Lee Castleman (USA), Svay Sareth (Cambodia) and The Propeller Group (USA and Vietnam).

A Singapore Art Museum exhibition curated by Tan Siuli and Louis Ho, presented in partnership with the Samstag Museum of Art and 2017 OzAsia Festival.

Geoff Cobham: Already Elsewhere

Friday 22 September – Friday 1 December 2017

Adelaide-based public artist and lighting designer Geoff Cobham has been experimenting with the colour, intensity, angle and movement of light for the past 35 years. Presented in partnership with the Adelaide Film Festival, Already Elsewhere is Cobham’s first major gallery commission. His immersive installation will bring together light, sound and movement—three fundamental elements in moving image—to create an environment of technical and sensory surprise.

A Samstag Museum of Art and 2017 Adelaide Film Festival exhibition.


12 Compton Street, Adelaide 5000


Opening – 5:30 PM – Wednesday, 2nd August

Artist Talks – 6:00pm

Running – 3rd – 19th August 2017

As a kid one of my favourite activities was to lie upside down in the backseat of a moving car and watch how the electrical wire lines moved in and out of sight through the window. Moving lines across a page in space, silent stories are being told. The viewer becomes part of a scene, walking through the visibilities, is invited to play and move within an environment of narrative ambience. A figure might be placed in a particular setting and seen temporarily like in a moving image, capable of being reached only with great difficulty, or not at all. Variable sizes of figurative or object constructions are cut out like props and contrasted or suspended, the black and white version of reality. The falling man off his chair slides out of a Remodernist Jim Jarmusch movie, something happens and he becomes a painter. The saxophone is abandoned, a product of reducing elements, like the cloud erasing the visibility of blue sky. The pickup sticks dropped large like a child plays her game on the floor are elements to stage and contrast this narration. Walking, moving, seeing this phenomenon in the everyday, the town in my shoes as I walk.


Opening – 5:30 PM – Wednesday, 2nd August

Artist Talks – 6:00pm

Running – 3rd – 19th August 2017

“You’re out of sorts so sort it out”

In ‘out of sorting the out of sorts’ Nat Penney questions typical understandings and treatments of disorientation. Where the disorientated or ‘the wanderers’ are commonly categorised as the unstable, requiring systematic medicalisation, she suggests that there’s more to the wandering minds of this estranged collective.

Penney presents the dichotomy of orientation and disorientation as a duality that, when combined in a harmonious union, has the potential to be a source of creative outcome, of reaching new forms of awareness. It’s here that ‘out of sorting the out of sorts’ rests in its state of unrest. The performative installation attempts to recreate states of uncertainty in order to unpack the perils and pleasures of spatial and psychological disorientation.

Combining the everyday object with constructed matter in obscure and foreign configurations of saturated confusion and segmented vision, this place could be fast and jarring when devoured whole but when consumed in fragments and with intention there’s the prospect of pleasure within the pieces. It is the artist’s intention to transport the participator through this unexpected combination of sensory engagers to break down sense of place; to warp, tangle and twist, forcing a search for restructured understandings.

Search for sense, sort the sorts.

By creating this saturated sensory space, she chooses to confront the unsettled and anxious in a demanding act of recognition in an attempt to redirect our relationships with these experiences and allow them to shift us to new ways of thought.


Screening from 8:00pm – Wednesday, 2nd August

Running – 3rd – 19th August 2017

FELTdark is viewable: Wed – Thur: 6pm – 12am, Fri: 7pm – 12am, Sat: 6pm – 12am

The focus of my practice is on objects and spaces on the edges of ownership. My field of practice encompasses video performance and installation. My methods involve utilising play, one take only recordings, making from a child making perspective, travelling, taking risks, humour, searching and collecting. Movement helps structure my own knowledge of the world, space, time and relationship to others. Collecting allows me to gather my thoughts through things. I create performances in public space, on verges and with dumped objects. I’m interested in the tensions that I identify between spaces. This comes from my personal experience of not knowing where to ‘fit’ in the world. In my life this relates to being gay, in a significant age gap relationship, past experiences of homelessness, learning difficulties and abandonment. Putting my body in the work allows me to search for my own language alphabet/code. Finding out what is acceptable and normal as well as the edges of myself. I feel this can be achieved through systems I identify as ambiguous. The space between things allows me to be me in the world and for me to make sense of the world.